Kazakhstan says CSTO will not participate in war against Ukraine

3 October, 06:12 PM
Astana (Photo:REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev)

Astana (Photo:REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev)

The Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization or CSTO will not take part in Russia's war against Ukraine, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Aibek Smadiyarov, said on Oct. 2.

He said the participation of the CSTO in the war "doesn’t fall within the organization's area of responsibility."

Asked if the Kazakhstan might become involved in the conflict itself, Smadiyarov said that Astana proceeds from the principles of the territorial integrity of states, their sovereign equality and peaceful existence in accordance with international law and the U.N. Charter.

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“In general, the zone of responsibility of the CSTO is clearly defined by the internationally recognized territories of the member states of the organizations, and collective security is ensured within these territories,” the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said.

“Thus, the issue of the participation of the CSTO in the zone of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is not on the agenda.”

Earlier, Kazakhstan refused to recognize the results of Russian pseudo-referendums in Ukraine.

The country also said that it would extradite Russian citizens in the country who are evading mobilization in Russia if they were put on the wanted list.

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